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Paynesville Press - March 22, 2006

Gymnasts score four-year team high in 05-06 season

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS gymnastics team reached their team goal of scoring 120 points five times in the 2005-06 season, the most in seven seasons, and scored a four-year team high of 122.55 points this winter.

The Dogs, in 2005-06, won three times: against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in January, against Morris in January, and against Ortonville in February. Against Morris, the Dogs scored 122.55 points, the highest team score for PAHS gymnastics since February 2002.

During this season, the Dogs topped 120 team points five times, including that 122.55 against Morris and 122.5 in their final meet at sections in February. This is the most times topping 120 team points in a single season since the 1998-99 season, when the Dogs reached that mark six times. (That year, the Dogs score 126.05 as a team for their season high, which is one point away from the school record of 127.05 set in 1991-92.)

The Dogs, who suffered from some injuries before Christmas this season and reached 120 team points five times in January and February, actually averaged slightly less for a team score in 2005-06 (115.63) than they did in 2004-05 (116.105). But their season high (122.55) was two points higher than 2004-05 (120.575).

The Dogs scored their season high on the vault (33.95) at the conference meet in February, scored their season high on floor (31.75) at sections in February, scored their season high on beam (30.15) against Morris in January, and scored their season high on bars (29.35) against Morris as well.

Junior Kacy Nehowig and ninth grader Anna Kotten earned All Conference honors for the Dogs this year. The top 15 point-getters in the conference - at dual meets and the conference championship meet - earn All Conference honors. Nehowig earned them for the fifth straight year, while Kotten earned All Conference honors for the first time after receiving honorable mention for the past two years.

Nehowig also matched her school record for vault average in 2005-06, scoring 8.68 to match her average from last year. She also earned All State honorable mention honors on the vault and uneven bars for the second straight year.

Nehowig holds two school records on individual apparatus: 9.3 on bars set in 2004-05 and 9.1 on vault set in 2002-03, a record she shares with Traci Anderson and Ann Bagley, both set in 1991-92. Krysta Larson holds the school record on the balance beam (8.8), set in 1999-00, and Sara Spanier holds the school records on the floor exercise (9.2), set in 1994-95, and all around (34.15), set in 1995-96.

For scoring average for a year, Nehowig holds the school records on vault (8.68 in 2004-05 and in 2005-06), on bars (8.29 in 2003-04), and in the all around (32.76 in 2004-05), while Spanier holds the records for beam (7.79 in 1995-96) and on floor (8.72 in 1996-97).

Varsity performers for the Dogs this year were: junior Celia Frieler (bars, beam, floor, and vault); seventh grader Caitlyn Gottwald (bars, beam, floor, and vault); sophomore Cassey Lund (beam, floor, and vault); Kotten (bars, beam, floor, and vault); Nehowig (bars, beam, floor, and vault); senior Kayla Nelson (beam and floor); junior Brittney Spanier (bars, beam, floor, and vault); and seventh grader Megan Wuertz (bars, beam, floor, and vault).

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